Girondins de Bordeaux vs Newcastle United Europa League match banter!

Posted on December 6th, 2012 | 62 Comments |

Europa Leagie Group D - Bordeaux v Newcastle United.
A battle of the bairns in Bordeaux?
Venue: Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux.
Date: 6th December 2012.
Kick off: 6:00pm UK time (7pm local time).
Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel).
UK TV: ESPN.

Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s game, which sees the Magpies facing the Girondins of Bordeaux once again, this time at their place.

Both teams might already be through to the next stage, but this is more than a dead rubber as the teams will fighting to see who comes out as the winners of Group D, which will have consequences for the next round. Whilst it might not guaranteed that the group winners will avoid a difficult team in the next round for reasons which are horrendously complicated (as they usually are in the Europa League), what it will guarantee is that the winners will be able to play the second leg of their next knockout rounds at home.

Anyway, moving on to the game itself, you might know already that Alan Pardew and the lads were delayed by the weather in their trip over to France, but below is the squad he is taking, with an emphasis on youth, along with a few veterans (Captain Colo and Uncle Shola) to look after the bairns:

Newcastle United: Tim Krul (G), Rob Elliot (G), Fabricio Coloccini (D), Mike Williamson (D), Danny Simpson (D), James Tavernier (D), James Perch (D, M), Vurnon Anita (M, D), Shane Ferguson (M, D), Mehdi Abeid (M), Gael Bigirimana (M), Romain Amalfitano (M), Sammy Ameobi (M,F), Shola Ameobi (F), Adam Campbell (F), Papiss Cisse (F), Nile Ranger (F). .

As usual, I shall also be posting the final teams before the kick off too.

Meanwhile on the other side, Bordeaux’s Silver Supremo, Francis Gillot has been hinting at a mixture of youth and experience, and a possible desire for revenge after an unusual 3-0 humiliation for the usually fairly stingy French team in their previous leg against the Magpies at St James’ Park. When asked if he would be starting many young players, Gillot responded:

Yes, some [young players] will begin the game. This was already the case in Montpellier, but I could still count on elements of experience too.”

So there you have it, a mixed portfolio of youth and experience from Alan Pardew’s Silver haired French counterpart. Speking on the previous 3-0 defeat, he felt that though Newcastle were the group favourites, that the 3 goal margin was “heavy.” He said:

“The 3-0 was a little heavy. We gave the second goal and the third goal was offside. There were not three goals between the two teams.”

He might be be right but it was a deserved victory nonetheless against a strangely lacklustre Bordeaux side who currently stand at 6th in France’s Ligue 1.

So for now I will get on with reminding you that though the game will be broadcast in the UK on ESPN, i will be posting some links for the game in the comments section, along with highlights, and possibly a video of the whole game if one becomes available.

Which only leaves it for me to say:

Howay the Lads!

Teams

Bordeaux (4-4-2): Kevin Olimpa (G), Matthieu Chalme, Marc Planus, Florian Marange, Maxime Poundje, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Andre Poko, Gregory Sertic (C), Henri Saivet, David Bellion, Cheick Diabate

Substitutes: Abdoulaye Keita, Ludovic Sane, Landry N’Guemo, Nicolas Maurice-Belay, Hadi Sacko.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi (C), Nile Ranger.

Subs: Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Papiss Cisse, Adam Campbell.

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62 Responses

  1. Looks like they’re the ones who are playing 4-4-2 tonight. Didn’t they do that last time and get beat 3-0?

  2. toontony says:
    December 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “Looks like they’re the ones who are playing 4-4-2 tonight. Didn’t they do that last time and get beat 3-0?”

    They did Tony, but i took that from the NUFC club site and they usually get it wrong! They may have just put that down because Bordeaux played that way in the game at SJP.

  3. Erlend says:
    December 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    “Uhm, the starting lineup you have listed is missing a player..”

    Aye, just sorting that one out Erlend. Sorry about that!

  4. is it just me being cynical or is ranger being played so that he is worth something in the transfer window?

  5. sammy d says:
    December 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    “is it just me being cynical or is ranger being played so that he is worth something in the transfer window?”

    Or just desperate for bodies at the front in case one of the Del Boy’s purple players get injured sammy?

  6. would have thought if it was desperation for forwards campbell would have come first but cashley might like to put ranger in the shop window if he can bump up his value by a bit!or as I said before maybe I am just cynical!

  7. I dare say you’re right Sammy. There’s no NEED to play Ranger with this squad. He also could have started Amalfitano and put Marveaux right behind Shola. I’m guessing we’re looking for 1M or so from a championship side next month.

  8. Pretty poor all round, Elliot iS the only one showing any form, think Waddle is
    trying to get an invite to Sholas for Xmas the praise he’s giving hIm.

  9. Indeed. Think I am going to give this game a miss now as I know it will stay rubbish like this all game.

  10. tunyc,that is exactly the figure I was thinking of, out of the squad and not training he is worth sfa, couple of games and everybody at the club singing his praises for his nnew found work ethic and sheff wed struggling for goals and all of a sudden he is back on the balance sheet as an asset!

  11. guys how about giving. Ranger a chance, know he’s been a tossed, but maybe he has turned the corner, we gave Joey Barton loads of the.
    Forget about Sunderland but will someone please enlighten me to the benefits of having Shoala in the team, after 12 years still waiting

  12. Phisix says:
    December 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    “Indeed. Think I am going to give this game a miss now as I know it will stay rubbish like this all game.”

    Thta’s what some people said at half time during that Arsenal game Phisix. ;-)

  13. Ash the usual argument is that he’s good at knockdowns and winning balls in the air from the inevitable hoof ball that we end up playing…. The downside is that he doesn’t do much else and is slower with the ball than my nan.

  14. Ash1001 says:
    December 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    “but will someone please enlighten me to the benefits of having Shoala in the team, after 12 years still waiting”

    He can hold the ball up well and be a good foil for other strikers Ash. He’s also scored more goals than people think if you figure it out on a minutes per goal basis. If he started and played every game instead of just coming on for the last 20 minutes for most of his appearences, it would be something like a goal every three games. He also has a deceptively languid, lazy style which seems to put some people off him. Chris Waddle the commentator used to be a bit like that as well but that was deceptive too and he was a truly great player.

  15. I’m down for giving Ranger a chance, Ash. Anyone who can help is welcome to me. Also, if we can get 1M for a player who looked like getting cut at several points-great. Now if only I could assume that would be turned around on another player or a new contract for one we have…

  16. I for one would love to see ranger come good and every other player that has not lived up to their potential for our club.

  17. Colo is coming on to play up front?

    Think this showing is telling us what we already know, our back up players are far from good enough,

  18. worky-while I’m not an out and out Shola hater, I don’t like this “goals per minutes” thing. You make it sound like he doesn’t start because of…I don’t know, some reason other than him not seeming good enough to our managers. He’s decent but it’s true to say he hasn’t lived up to what we hoped for from him. He’s not the only one.

  19. williamson has put his heart and soul into his performances for us this season and for that i respect him but he is just not good enough.. new cb required 1st of jan.

  20. Thats now 210 corners since we last scored from ones, what about a change of tactics,

    Waddlers going on about this been a very good Bordeaux team, hell, they only have 2 first team playing. What does that make us.

  21. Just got in so missed pretty much all of it. Was Sir Hoofsalot in full effect tonight or did we pass it?

  22. workyticket says:
    December 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    No expectations or shite expectations Tony?

    Haha I didn’t have many expectations and I didn’t expect to see the whole first team out, but I thought they’d have a better go at winning the group than they have. That win against a ten man Wigan team probably filled me with false hopes again.

  23. Jimbob says:
    December 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    “Just got in so missed pretty much all of it. Was Sir Hoofsalot in full effect tonight or did we pass it?”

    We got dominated by a 4-4-2 Bordeaux side so Pardew had to switch back to the same formation Jimbob.

  24. Marveaux started tonight, so unless Ben Arfa’s back on Monday I’ll assume he’s going to go for a cautious approach versus Fulham. Seeing how Marv’s our only fit creative player, be surprised if he can handle another match so close after.

  25. I know it’s specific but it’s galling to me how quickly & easily LFC have erased any notion that we’re better than them. They have less debt, they have a better manager, they have ownership willing to spend and they’re outdoing us in every competition.

    Pffffffffffft.

  26. although I agree with alot of ashleys policies regarding running a self financing club I just do not trust him to oversee a sucsessful era at our club because he will stick to his misguided ideas regardless of what happens on the pitch.Football is a passion not a business all of the top clubs cost millions a year to run they do not make money.Having mike and dell boy look after your club is like having a seventies entertainer look after your kids,scary!

  27. sammy d says:
    December 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    “although I agree with alot of ashleys policies regarding running a self financing club”

    Aye sammy, self financing whilst being milked by Sports Direct for huge amounts of free publicity for a company who are hugely undercutting the club on merchandise like replica shirts. Hence he doesn’t just want it to be self financing, he also wants it to finance his largest business interest as well as being a way to save on his tax too. He’s a ****ing vampire.

  28. I have to say worky well done,I look forward to match banter nearly as much as the match itself these days.

  29. sammy d says:
    December 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    “I have to say worky well done,I look forward to match banter nearly as much as the match itself these days.”

    Thanks sammy that really means alot. Couldn’t seem to drum up much interest in the game tonight though. I suspect it’ll be the same if I put up a replay of the game too!

  30. workyticket says:

    I suspect it’ll be the same if I put up a replay of the game too!

    Now that would be punishment worky! :-)

    I second sammy about the match banter and the blog in general. Keep it up mate cause it’s the best nufc blog there is!

  31. You must be about the only one then Tony!

    I may have written this before but they’re the ones that take about the longest time to do, yet they get one of the lowest readerships. I’ll still be having a crack at a Fulham one though. I’d already done two for these Bordeaux games and I couldn’t face a third!

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